FL February 9, 2004
The second week
of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival was held February 4 through
February 8 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington,
Florida. The five-day show entitled Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper
Classic CSI*** featured an all-jumper roster. Olaf Petersen of Germany,
the course designer for the upcoming 2004 Athens Olympic Games,
set the tracks in the Internationale Arena. Following eight weeks
of back-to-back shows in Wellington through March 21, action moves
to Tampa for two weeks at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and
caps off with the Budweiser American Invitational on April 3 at
the Raymond James Stadium. Total prize money for the 2004 WEF is
three-million-dollars. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and
Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest
and longest consecutively running equestrian sporting event in the
Kappler And Royal Kaliber Win $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup,
The finale of the week
was Sunday, February 8, when Chris Kappler riding Royal Kaliber
owned by Kathy Kamine topped a field of 37 entries in the $50,000
Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***. More than 5,200 fans were in
the stands to witness a competition that showcased two of Americas
best hopefuls for the Olympic Games Kappler and McLain Ward
who placed second
"I think hes
sizing up different distances to see what hes going to slam
us with in the Olympics," said Kappler of course designer Olaf
Petersens demanding tracks. "We were a little bit guinea
pigs today to see what hes got planned for us in the future."
Four riders went clear
for the Jump-Off. Petersen introduced two new fences for the nine-effort
tiebreaker and set time allowed at 69 seconds. Argentinean Federerico
Sztyrle, 39, of Sagaponack, NY, led off on Who Knows Lilly owned
by Sag Pond Farm, with a time of 46.28 and a four-fault rail, finishing
in third place. Kimberly Frey, 39, of Hume, VA, attempted the test
next, but went off course and was eliminated, and had to settle
for fourth place. Kappler, 38, of Pittstown, NJ, and Royal Kaliber
laid down the first clear round in 44.28, which proved to be unbeatable.
Last to go, McLain Ward, 28, of Brewster, NY, riding Sapphire, a
mare he owns with Double H Farm and Missy Clark, had the second
fence down and clocked in at 44.82 for second place. "My horse
made a green mistake in the jump-off," explained Ward. "In
the second jump on the landing where those large Cosequin bottles
are, you had to try to slice inside them shes a little
inexperienced and she saw the bottles and cut down on the jump behind.
But its a mistake I can chalk up to a learning experience.
I was thrilled. I thought the course was very demanding today. There
were some great horses in the jump-off and she performed beautifully."
Ward said he is aiming Sapphire for the Olympics.
II Z Dazzles With McLain Ward Up In 1.45-Meter Power & Speed
Kicking off the competition
on Wednesday, February 4, McLain Ward and Quickstar II Z owned by
Double H Farm won the $7,500 1.45-Meter "Power & Speed"
class. Ward and the 10-year-old, bay, 16.2-hand, French-bred mare
bested a roster of 55 entries. Riders jumped a 10-fence "Power"
Phase I with Time Allowed at 52 seconds. Those posting clear rounds
immediately jumped a six-effort "Speed" Phase II with
the clock re-set to 47 seconds. The fastest clear in the Speed Phase
took the blue. Twenty-four horses cleared the Power Phase, and moved
on to the Speed Phase. Ward and Quickstar blasted over the course,
clocking in at 29.767 seconds. Ian Millar, 57, of Perth, Ontario,
riding Nicos for owner Todd Snell placed second, more than two seconds
slower at 31.451. Margie Engle, 46, of Wellington, FL, aboard Nobility
for owner Robert Pergament took third place, posting 32.046. "I
made an inside cut to the last fence, which we looked at during
the course walk and it was quite difficult but that mare is very,
very genuine in character," explained Ward. "I tried to
do the inside turn and she responded beautifully."
Leone And Mr. Happy Win 1.40-Meter, Section A
Mark Leone, 42, of Franklin
Lakes, NJ, won the $5,000 1.40 Meter, Time First Jump-Off, Section
A. With 104 horses entered, management split the competition into
two Sections. Fifty-seven entries contested Section A. Eleven horses
went clear over Round One, but only three produced a clean trip
over the short course. The fastest of the double-clears was Leone
riding Mr. Happy for owner Meghan Moran. The duo clocked in at 45.48
seconds. Just splits behind Leone, Federico Sztyrle riding Fatalis
Fatum for owner Sag Pond Farm took second place with a time of 45.58.
Darragh Kerins riding Linea for Ralph
Caristo was third, crossing the timers in 42.44.
Ward And Cinderella 248 Win 1.40-Meter, Section B
Continuing his winning
ways into the afternoon, Ward wrapped up his day with another victory,
taking first place in the $5,000 1.40 Meter, Time First Jump-Off,
Section B. Aboard Cinderella, Ward bested a field of 49 entries.
Cinderella is a nine-year-old Holsteiner, German-bred mare owned
by Double H Farm. Twelve horses went clear in Round One, and of
those, four went clear again over the short course. Ward was the
fastest of them all, clocking in at 39.527 seconds. Margie Engle
picked up the second place ribbon aboard Julius for owner Lysa Burke
Horkan, crossing the timers in 40.114. In third place, Lynne Little,
51, of Frederick, MD, in the irons on Don Diego La Silla for owner
Club Hipio La Silla, placed third with a time of 43.700.
Ward And Hurricane Win $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round II
The winning streak continued
for McLain Ward on Thursday, February 5, as he rode Hurricane for
owner Turnabout Farm to victory in the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup
Series Round II, CSI***. Ward acknowledged the winning roll
hes on. "Ive got a lot of nice horses, great owners
and a lot of great people around me. We put together a great team
in every way," he said. "The fruits of our labors are
paying off. Missy Clark trains Hurricane and I really dont
see the horse until I come to the ring. Its a real testament
to what a great job they do." Hurricane is a 14-year-old, bay
17.1-hand Hanoverian gelding.
A roster of 55 horses
attempted the 16-effort speed class in which the fastest clean round
wins. Only three riders were able to clear the course. Ken Berkeley
riding Call Me for Rivers Edge Farm was the 37th rider to go and
clocked in the first clear in 77.69. His lead was short-lived when
Ward was next to go and shaved three seconds off the time, going
clean in 74.71, putting Berkely in second place where he stayed
to the end. Just two rides later, Laura Chapot put in the final
clear of the day riding her own Little Big Man, but her time of
78.90 placed her third.
"Hes a great
horse. Hes had a lot of experience," said Missy Clark.
"My client Sarah Willeman, his owner, is in college now so
McLains been riding him about one year and has had some great
successes. My job is to keep him jumping fit and to oversee the
Carpenter Aboard Rosanne Van De Withoeve Win Adequan A-O Jumper
Also on Thursday, February
5, Abigail Carpenter riding her own Rosanne Van De Withoeve won
the $2,500 Adequan Amateur-Owner Jumper High, Time First Jump-Off,
Section A. In a field of 38 starters, Carpenter was the only rider
to post a double-clear performance. In the four-horse tiebreaker
Carpenter led off, setting the pace at 49.231 seconds. Lara Gay
aboard Cannonboy owned by RCG Farm LLC, chased Carpenters
time and caught her by almost three seconds at 46.444, but a rail
down put her in second place. Paige Johnson riding Landria W for
Salamander Farm knocked down three fences for 12 faults and third
place. Judy Garofalo aboard Cathy Garofalos Delano Peak took
down three rails and retired on course for fourth place.
Chapot And Sprite Win $5,000 1.40-Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge
Friday, February 6, marked
a win for Laura Chapot, 30, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, and
her Sprite. The duo topped a class of 91 entries to win the $5,000
1.40-Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge, Time First Round. Chapot was
third to go on the roster and set the pace with her clear round
in 61.329 seconds. The rest of the field chased her time, and though
16 more riders posted clean trips, none could catch Chapot. Lauren
Bass riding M.V. Cristal for Maypine Farm placed second with her
time of 61.753. Anne Kursinski aboard Indeed for The Group Indeed
was third, clocking in at 63.534.
"It was actually
beneficial that I went really early in the class because then I
was able to develop a plan from walking the course and just go with
it instead of changing my mind by watching a lot of people go,"
said Chapot. "Sprite has a very big stride and is very quick,
so I tried to figure what would work for her, do the best round
I could, and hope that was fast enough. Shes just so quick
without even going fast that when she goes the same route as any
other horse, shes probably going to be faster. I left out
every stride that I could and made all the inside cuts."
Sprite is an eight-year-old
Holsteiner mare by the French stallion Quidam de Reveille, out of
a German mare that Chapot purchased two years ago.
The class is part of
the North American League Open Speed Series and members earn points
toward year-end finals.
Aron And Jamaica Win $2,500 Junior Jumper High
Aimee Aron riding Jamaica
for owner Kinloch Enterprises won the $2,500 Junior Jumper High,
Time First Jump-Off. The duo topped a field of 23 entries. Over
a 14-effort Round One course, five horses put in clear trips and
qualified for the eight-effort Jump-Off. Aron and Jamaica were the
faster of only two double-clear performances, clocking in at 38.612
over the short course. Addison Phillips aboard her own Cantus Anuberth
II was more than three seconds slower than the leader at 38.612
and took second place. Phillips also picked up the third place ribbon
riding Rastella for Halifax Farm. Phillips was faster on this mount,
crossing the timers in 40.327, but had a rail down for four faults.
Ward Aboard Quickstar II Z Claim Victory In $20,000 1.50-Meter Classic
McLain Ward took yet
another victory lap in the Internationale Arena on Saturday, February
7, for his win in the $20,000 1.50 Meter Classic riding Quickstar
II Z. Owner Hunter Harrison of Double H Farm was at the ingate to
congratulate his rider. "Its going wonderful," said
Harrison. "Weve got good horses and a great jockey. Its
always thrilling watching him ride, as fine as he rides. He makes
no mistakes, and he makes no errors. You just hope the horse is
good because if the horse goes good, then hes going clean."
Harrison is pleased with the way the season is going, noting that
Ward aboard his horses has already logged five major wins at this
years WEF. "Were thrilled. Weve got three
world-class mares and a fourth seven-year-old thats coming
along, so its pretty exciting."
Ward bested a field of
43 starters and was the fastest of four double-clear performances.
Eight horses qualified for the Jump-Off. Megan Lamaze was the first
clean setting the pace at 45.197 aboard Elfee, but she ended up
fourth. Germanys Markus Beerbaum riding Le Mans 8 for Hyperion
Farm laid down a blistering time of 40.034, but finished in second
place. Frances Eric Navet riding Mr. Acobat for Turtle Lane
Farm took a shot at Beerbaum, but was one-tenth of a second off
the pace and finished third. Ward was last to go in the tiebreaker
and clocked in clean in a blazing 39.640 seconds for the win.
"Shes a very
fast horse. I wasnt really that concerned about beating the
time. I was more concerned about beating the time and leaving the
jumps up. I felt if I could just leave the jumps up I could be fast
enough," Ward said.
Carpenter Wins Amateur-Owner High Championship
Also on Saturday, February
7, Abby Carpenter, 18, of Greenwich, CT, riding Augustus won the
$10,000 Adequan Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic High, clinching the
Adequan Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship. This is Carpenters
first season in the Amateurs. She trains with Frandk and John Madden.
Carpenter purchased her two mounts for the championship in Belgium
two years ago. Augustus is a nine-year old gelding and Rosanne Van
De Withoeve is a 10-year-old mare both by the same sire,
Major Delacour. In todays $10,000 Adequan A-O Jumper Classic
High, Carpenter bested 44 entries. Nineteen horses were clear over
Round One and qualified for the Jump-Off. Carpenter was the second
rider on course and posted the first clear in 40.598 seconds, which
held up to the end of the tiebreaker. "I always do better when
I go early because then I can set the pace rather than chasing,"
said Carpenter. "John said to really get on the gas in between."
Earning the Champion and Reserve ribbons today felt "great,"
Carpenter said. "Im having a great Florida so far, so
Im really excited. Ive got a good group of horses and
Goutal And Marga Win $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic
Wrapping up competition
in the Internationale Arena on Sunday, February 8, before the afternoon
Grand Prix, Brianne Goutal rode Marga for Beacon Hill Partners to
victory in the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic, besting a field
of 24 entries. Junior Jumpers are riders that have not yet reached
their 18th birthday.
Six horses went clean
over the 12-fence Round One course and qualified for the Jump-off.
It proved to be a battle between Goutal and Addison Phillips -
both riders had two mounts.
Goutal led off over the
seven-effort tiebreaker aboard Onira owned by Cloverleaf Farm, and
set the pace with a clear round in 34.214. Next to go, Phillips
edged Goutal out of the top spot with a clear trip aboard her own
Cantus Anuberth II, clocking in at 34.214. Aimee Aron chased the
leaders and caught them, shaving two seconds off the time at 32.091,
but a rail down placed her fifth. Dorothy Grubb went next and had
the fastest time, 32.050, riding Ria 56 for owner Kinloch Enterprises,
but had the unfortunate last rail down and ended up fourth.
Goutal returned on Marga
and snatched the lead back with her clear trip in 33.859. Phillips
had one more shot at the win, but started off her second mount Rastella
owned by Halifax Farm, with the first fence down and clocked in
at 34.627, which placed her sixth.
Goutal racked up $4,300
in prize money. She won with Marga earning $3,000; placed third
with Onira for a $1,000 paycheck; and also took the 11th place slot
aboard Mon Gamin for Cloverleaf Farm, pocketing $300.
For full results of todays
classes, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
NEXT SHOW: February 11
15, Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
2004 WINTER EQUESTRIAN
FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION:
Show days for the 2004
Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open
at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays are free to everyone; Children
12 and under are admitted free every day; Young Adults 13 to 18
and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through Sunday; Adults are $5 on
Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. The Palm
Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on Pierson Road off South
Shore Boulevard. For additional information, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
or call 561-793-5867.
2004 WEF SCHEDULE
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
WEF 2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post,
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The
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$50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***
Winner: Royal Kaliber, ridden by Chris Kappler,
owned by Kathy Kamine and Chris Kappler
$7,500 1.45m, Time First Jump-Off
Winner: Quickstar II Z, ridden by McLain Ward,
owned by Double H Farm
$5,000 1.40, Time First Jump Off Section B
Winner: Cinderella 248, ridden by McLain Ward,
owned by Double H Farm